I do at least one on-line search a day – if not more. Sometimes I visit the Google search page and just stare at the white box until I can come up with something. It really doesn’t matter what it is – I just like seeing where it will lead. You just plug in a few words, press the button and wait for the answers to questions you didn’t even know you were going to ask.
I love it.
Tonight was no exception.
My key word of the day: happiness.
And as I typed in the word ‘happiness’ others filled in as suggestions. One of the choices was ‘happiness project’. That sounded interesting.
Happiness Project happens to be a blog by Gretchen Rubin, who happens to have written a book by the same name. While visiting her blog I noticed she has just published another book – called Happier at Home. I decided to read about the book on Amazon to get more information. One of the great things about Amazon is that you get a fairly nice preview of books if you choose the ‘Click to Look Inside’ option – which I ALWAYS do.
While reading about the book she mentions a quote by William Butler Yeats and it really hit home with me. It reads:
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure; not this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.
Research supports his observation. Its not goal attainment, but the process of striving after goals – that is growth – that brings happiness.
This is so true.
Think about the times you’ve been the most excited about something – maybe its when you’re planning that big vacation…or decorating for the holidays, or when you’re learning about a new hobby…or preparing for a big move…its the not knowing that is important – because it holds so much potential.
And when there’s potential – there is everything.